I have to admit that I don’t own many cruelty free beauty products or makeup. It’s not because I don’t love the concept of them; I was put off by the first generation of cruelty free and natural products, that used to smell great, but never seemed as good as the non-cruelty free products. I’m so happy to see that things have changed, and that the quality of these products has dramatically improved and often even surpasses their non-cruelty free rivals. There seems to have been a recent surge in the number of amazing cruelty free, natural, organic and vegan friendly products to the market, and The Natural Beauty Box is the perfect way to try out some of these products.
Not only do you get 4-6 Natural, cruelty free, organic, vegan products each month; 50p from each box goes to charity. Meaning that not only are you helping the environment by using the products inside; buying a box means you are making a donation to charity.
My experience of The Natural Beauty Box didn’t get off to the best start, as My Hermes left it wedged between my bins on my driveway. Luckily it hadn’t rained and there was no damage to the contents of the box. That is literally the only slight disappointment I had with this box though, and throughout, Emma from The Natural Beauty Box was an absolute delight to work with.
The outside of the box had no clues to the wonderful products I would find inside. It was a plain brown card box with a The Natural Beauty Box sticker on the lid.
Each month brings a different theme to The Natural Beauty Box, and September’s theme was Falling Leaves, perfect for autumn and the change in weather. On opening the box, I found a lovely handwritten note from Emma thanking me for reviewing the box for BoXession. I was also struck by the most gorgeous warming scent from the products inside. My eye was instantly caught by the bright red tissue paper, sealed with a thank you sticker, that ensconced the lovely products inside. Nestled within brown shredded paper I found the majority of the items inside were lovingly wrapped in green paper to match this month’s theme. There was also a leaflet explaining the items inside. It was literally like Christmas and I had to stop myself from ripping open the wrapping like an excited child.
I unboxed live on the BoXession group, which has now been uploaded to our very own YouTube Channel.. press play below…
Never have I found it so hard to pick a favourite item in a box before. I also haven’t received a box where every item smells good enough to eat.
I’m sat writing this review with the gorgeous smelling Freyaluna, Sandalwood and Orange Hair Repair Treatment Oil on my hair. This item is perfect for me as especially in the colder months my hair becomes very dry, and I love that it is multi use. It can be used as a leave-in treatment/styling product that leaves your hair smelling gorgeous, feeling silky smooth and looking glossy without making it greasy. Alternatively, as I am currently using it, it can be used as an intensive hair treatment mask.
If you’re a member of the BoXession facebook group (if not, why not?) then you will know that I’m an absolute face mask addict. Even so I’ve never tried a powder face mask before. The Terre Verdi, Orange Coffee Cleansing Mask is a powdered clay and coffee face mask that you mix with water before applying to your face. I don’t think I’ve ever used a face mask that smells so good for the whole time you’re wearing it; the scent is reminiscent of a chocolate orange (yum). It left my skin feeling tightened and cleansed without drying it out. The jar is a great size, and I imagine it will mean lots of lovely face masks. This is definitely something I’d buy again.
Everyone loves a beauty product that is good enough to eat and the Tose Apothecary Vanilla & Coffee Lip Scrub is just that. This gorgeous sugar scrub smells and tastes just like a vanilla latte. The bonus is it also left my lips feeling smooth and moisturised. It’s going to be hard not to just eat this straight out of the tub!
One natural beauty product I don’t think I’ll ever truly get on with is solid deodorant creams. I love my trusty roll-on and find deodorant creams a bit of a faff. The Oh So Natural, Neroli & Grapefruit Deodorant does however smell amazing, and has 4-6 weeks’ worth of uses in the tiny little tin. I’ve gifted this item to my vegan friend, who I must say was absolutely delighted and has told me it’s one of the best natural deodorants that she has used.
I was absolutely gutted to not be able to find the Lilian Jones, Cinnamon Zest Sugar Scrub in the Lilian Jones Etsy store (their website is currently being rebuilt). I regularly use body scrubs for my horribly dry skin, and this has to be my favourite ever. The gorgeous scent I could smell when I opened the box was coming from this item, and has left me smelling just as gorgeous. This scrub looks a bit like a bar of soap. The sugar exfoliates your skin, whilst the coco and other plant butters nourish and moisturise. I can be a bit rubbish at remembering to moisturise, so I love that this product does both. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this product, and if the prices of the other items in their Etsy store are anything to go by, it’ll be really reasonably priced. Pricing below for this item is based on similar items in their Etsy store.
Last but definitely not least is the Eden perfume – No. 309, woody floral musk. This handbag sized perfume smells gorgeous and familiar. It wasn’t until I looked at the Eden perfumes website that I realised just why it was so familiar. Each of Eden’s perfumes are based on non-vegan famous perfumes, and this one is described as the vegan version of Marc Jacob Daisy, a perfume I love.
I can’t think of a more perfect way to reintroduce me to cruelty-free, vegan products than reviewing this box has been. I previously hadn’t heard of any of the brands contained within the box, and probably wouldn’t have purchased them separately, due to my preconceptions of cruelty free beauty products. I’ve definitely had my opinion changed, and I’m really excited to try out more cruelty free products in the future. The value of the box is also amazing. I can’t congratulate Emma enough on such a wonderful box, and thank her enough for asking me to review it.
What’s In The Box?
- Freyaluna, Sandalwood & Orange Hair Repair Treatment – £24
- Terre Verdi, Orange Coffee Cleansing Mask – £17
- Tose Apothecary, Vanilla & Coffee Lip Scrub – £9
- Oh So Natural, Neroli & Grapefruit Deodorant – £4.50
- Lilian Jones, Cinnamon Zest Sugar Scrub – £3
- Eden Perfume, no. 309 – Woody Floral Musk – £18
Box Cost: £24.95 including free UK delivery
(international shipping rates are on The Natural Beauty Box website)
Above prices based on the websites for each product.
How Can I Get My Own?
If like me you think The Natural Beauty Box is fab, you can subscribe at: https://www.thenaturalbeautybox.co.uk/
The lovely Emma has also given BoXession members an exclusive 10% off their first box (£2.49), using the code BOX10
(It applies to subscriptions only.)